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Windows 7: Is there a legitimate way to change language to English on win 7 home?

16 Nov 2010   #1

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 
Is there a legitimate way to change language to English on win 7 home?

The laptop came with an european version of win 7 premium, and unfortunately there was no option for choosing language during first startup.

Is there a legitimate way to change language to english?

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16 Nov 2010   #2

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi and welcome to the forums have a read of this link while i do some research for you have not come across this prob before myself
Add a Language Pack Online

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...60(WS.10).aspx
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16 Nov 2010   #3

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
hi and welcome to the forums have a read of this link while i do some research for you have not come across this prob before myself
Add a Language Pack Online

Languages and International Servicing Command-Line Options
Thanks.. Dism seems to be only able to change languages in an offline image.

Anyone know where I can find legal language packs? The second link says I can add a language pack using
Dism /online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\test\LangPacks\lp.cab
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16 Nov 2010   #4

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wearetheborg View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
hi and welcome to the forums have a read of this link while i do some research for you have not come across this prob before myself
Add a Language Pack Online

Languages and International Servicing Command-Line Options
Thanks.. Dism seems to be only able to change languages in an offline image.

Anyone know where I can find legal language packs? The second link says I can add a language pack using
Dism /online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\test\LangPacks\lp.cab
keep looking in microsoft with that last link
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16 Nov 2010   #5

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

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16 Nov 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

There are mixed reports on this. As soon as we advise that Product Keys are supposed to be language-specific, someone will report they have reinstalled another language in the same version and activated with their Product Key. This may be due to variations in OEM factory installs, or certain groupings of languages which are included with retail Product Key.

What I would do is save externally a Windows 7 backup image of your current install, and back up your files.

Try running a Repair Install in the language of your choice, then try to activate with the Product Key. Repair Install

If it refuses to run the Repair Install (in-place Upgrade) then do a clean reinstall, see if that will activate with Prod Key. If not, speak with an MS activation agent to see if they will waive it through.

If not, then reimage your old install back onto HD.
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17 Nov 2010   #7

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the info!!
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17 Nov 2010   #8

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

have you had any result in fixing the language?
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17 Nov 2010   #9

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
have you had any result in fixing the language?
Not yet, but see following for some related issues on the laptop:
Upgrading using a volume win 7 dvd?

Fixing the language in place will make sense for me (I could not fix it using Dism) if 1)it doesnt require a complete reinstall and 2)I can upgrade to win 7 pro using the work dvd.



There is a recovery reimaging partition on the laptop (around 16gb). Anyone know if Dism can be used to change the language on the recovery partition to english and THEN do a recoery which will hopefully reimage to english?
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17 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote:
Licensing requirements state that Windows 7 can include only a single language, with the exception of the Windows 7 Ultimate and the Enterprise editions. These are referred to as single-language editions. However, the Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions can include multiple language packs. These are referred to as multilingual editions.
You were talking about legitimacy so I thought I'll post this.
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